The man is an idiot. Barack Obama "boldly" according to the Associate Press, yuk, yuk, predicts that it would be fantastic to go to an assteroid before going to Mars. That's where his head has been all this time already. An assteroid is that thing right next to the hemorrhoid and it only takes a little gas to get there.
Obama claims he'll see it in his lifetime. Given that he's about 50 and could easily live to 90 that gives us forty years to accomplish his goal. But also given the demolition of the economy and America's can-do spirit, by his administration, I'm not too optimistic it will be reached. What an utter putz.